Working with Libraries

We partner with libraries around the world

We partner with libraries to identify their rarest books.

With the USTC we investigate the collection

We compare the library’s catalogue with the USTC’s database.

Libraries receive a list of their rarest books

We provide the library with a list of their books in order of rarity.

Interested in learning more?

How do we work with Libraries?

Who are our partners?

Continents
4
Countries
17
Cities
49
Libraries
66

What Libraries are saying

“I cannot tell you how thrilled we are about PWRB. It has inspired great enthusiasm about how to implement activities at Hopkins surrounding what it has revealed, and might help to continue to reveal at an important time.”

Earle Havens, Johns Hopkins University

I do want to thank you personally for including music in the USTC. Those partbooks are challenging to catalogue, but they add a key element to the larger picture, as you know. The USTC has changed my research life!

Kate van Orden, Harvard University

“Thank you so much for your mail! You did say, when we met, that an old collection like ours was bound to contain something interesting, but this is remarkable!”

Ernst Berkje, Oslo Cathedral School

“We knew that our 150,000 patrimonial items were a treasure of unique items, but we could not imagine such a considerable number.  Be assured of our greatest gratitude for your very important and very useful work for the library, the community of researchers and bibliographers.”

Bibliothèque Méjanes, Aix-en-Provence

“This extensive list is a remarkable resource … Our major exhibition in 2018 will focus on a selection of the most intriguing and unusual items highlighted by your list.”

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Marsh’s Library, Dublin

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USTC Adds Full Coverage of Estonian Printing, 1525-1650

By Arthur der Weduwen | Over the past year, the USTC team has made it a priority to expand its coverage of national print cultures that have thus far been underrepresented in our database. When printing emerged in the fifteenth century it spread quickly throughout Western and Southern Europe, but failed to settle in broad […]

USTC Adds Full Coverage of Latvian Printing, 1525-1650

By Arthur der Weduwen | Over the past year, the USTC team has made it a priority to expand its coverage of national print cultures that have thus far been underrepresented in our database. When printing emerged in the fifteenth century it spread quickly throughout Western and Southern Europe, but failed to settle in broad […]

Rare Notes on a Bestseller

By Hanna de Lange | Today, visitors from all over the globe know their way to Cambridge and all the sites to see there. These landmarks include Magdalene College’s Old Library and Pepys Library, both of which are PWRB partners. But how did early modern Europeans learn about Britain’s unique treasures and rich history? The […]

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USTC 2019 TEAM

USTC Hosts Twelfth Annual Book History Conference

By Arthur der Weduwen | Between Thursday 20 and Saturday 22 June, the USTC team hosted the twelfth annual St Andrews book history conference. Fifty-four scholars and students joined us for twenty-four papers on the subject of Crisis or Enlightenment? Developments in the Book Trade, 1650-1750. The conference attracted visitors from sixteen countries, from Colombia […]

Bookshop of the world

Milestone study of Book Culture Now Published

Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen, The Bookshop of the World. Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age is published by Yale University Press on 26 February 2019. The Bookshop of the World is now published. This ground-breaking new study is the result of work in over thirty libraries and archives, in ten […]

Stand at the York Book Fair

The USTC at the York Book Fair

By Jessica Dalton | In September, the Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC) exhibited for the first time at the Provincial Book Fairs Association York Fair: the largest antiquarian book fair in the UK.  Over the course of two days, book dealers, collectors and librarians from all over the country visited the bustling event at the York Racecourse, where more […]

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